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Cairns Night Zoo

Cook Hwy, Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 40553669
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Palm Cove
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Type: Zoos
Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in... more » Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.Follow our guides as they lead you safely through the crocodiles' lair. See the croc eyes glow in your torchlight.In the Aussie bush, there's always a chance you will cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman). Join our hospitable Swaggie and enjoy billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say G'day and maybe even share a bite to eat!After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as our guides teach you some famous Aussie Bush Dances. Dance and sing along - it's more fun than you can imagine! « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went purely for the opportunity to pat a wombat, but really enjoyed the whole 3 hours. The night is very well organised, with really passionate, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Starting with a "BBQ" dinner (steak, chicken, prawns, lots of salads and dessert, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks - you will not leave hungry!), we were then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's totally unique, the food was great & the singing & dancing at the end of the evening was great fun!

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Orkney Isles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A fantastic way to see a zoo. First of all you are treated to a barbecue supper, then you get a torchlight tour of the zoo to see the nocturnal animals. Several opportunities to see the animals up close and expert narration by the guides. Want to cuddle a koala? Well you can, and touch a snake and a wombat.... More

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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

awesome!!!! best zoo experience ever, great staff, hold a koala, pat a wombat, dance the night away, great dinner, flowing drinks

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks Makaila for your sort but delightful review. You've summed Cairns Night Zoo up very well. I may quote you at some time in the future. Regards, Angela More

Melbourne
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17 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

About 45 attended on our night and all seemed to have a good time. The BBQ food was ok, and walking around with torches at night is always fun especially for kids. The damper was disappointing being more like sponge cake than the smoky in-ground damper I was expecting. There is persuasion at the end of the night to join... More

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking such a lot of your time to provide such a detailed review. Much appreciated as it is best for visitors to understand what Night Zoo is about as it offers something for everyone. We don't hold the meal out to be a 'gourmet adventure' as we have to cater for so many different tastes so... More

Ottawa, Ontario
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109 reviews 109 reviews
23 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The bottom line up front is that the Cairns Night Zoo allows you and a limited number of other people to explore the Cairns Tropical Zoo at night when it is closed to the public, starting off with a barbeque dinner, continuing with a tour of most areas of the zoo where you can pet and play with kangaroos and... More

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for such a great review. Regards, Angela More

Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We found the Cairns night zoo to be a well organised and structured night out. They serve up BBQ steaks and chicken with salads then desserts. Then take you on a guided tour of the zoo and give you the opportunity to see the wildlife up close and at time touch them. A highlight was the wombat that came out... More

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your Cairns Night Zoo experience and really appreciate you taking the time to provide your positive feedback. Regards, Angela More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Best Zoo i have visited, the staff put on an amazing show and adventure. The BBQ Dinner was delicious. My son and i were dragged onto the dance floor kicking and screaming metaphorically speaking hahaha!!! but enjoyed every bit of the barn dance and meeting other tourists while grabbing your partner round and round :-)

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

So glad to hear that we 'forced' you and your son to enjoy yourselves. ha ha Your feedback is really appreciated. Angela More

Orland Park
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

At the last minute we decided to book a trip to the Cairns night zoo. We were able to make reservations at our hotel and we were picked up in a comfortable van in front of our hotel. The people at the zoo were friendly, nice and accommodating. The food was good. The best experience was holding the Koala bear... More

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for this excellent feedback which we really appreciate. Warm regards, Angela More

Cairns Region, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The children enjoyed the closeness of the animals, kind hospitality of the staff at CNZ, we will be coming back next week.

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Angela F, Director of Sales at Cairns Night Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for your short but sweet review and we hope you enjoyed your return visit. Regards, Angela More

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